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    he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    To show that we are expressing our ideas rather than facts or to sound more cautious we can use modals of possibility (e.ge may, might, could, must, can) and verbs like seem and appear:
    I think he must look back at his school days and feel really bad.

    The above is taken from CAMBRIDGE GRAMMAR FOR IELTS. Could you tell me whether the example sentence means A or B:

    A. I think he must now be looking back at his school days and feeling really bad.
    B. I think he must often look back at his school days and feel really bad.

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    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    Hard to tell. What do you think?

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    #3

    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    I would think it means B, but I'm not sure.

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    #4

    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    I think that the speaker would use the continuous form if they meant A.

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    #5

    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    So much for waiting for the OP to answer a question.

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    #6

    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    So much for waiting for the OP to answer a question.
    Did you miss post #3?

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    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    Yes, I did. Sorry.

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    Re: he must look back at his school days and feel really bad

    Thank you so much, dear Mike and Piscean, for your great help. I think I understand this sentence much better now.

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